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Rep. Mark Lofgren, R-Muscatine, said Tuesday that he will seek the Republican nomination in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District.

Lofgren, who is in his second term in the state legislature, said he primarily would focus on fiscal issues and he noted the country's $17 trillion debt.

He said Iowans are more fiscally responsible than in other states and that he would take those principles to Washington, D.C.

"Obviously, the country's financial situation is a mess," he said.

Lofgren is the first Republican to say he will run in next year's 2nd District race. Iowa Department of Public Health director Mariannette Miller-Meeks told the Des Moines Register last week that she also is considering a bid. She already has run twice against Loebsack.

 Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, currently represents the district in Congress, and although he hasn't announced his intentions for 2014, he is expected to seek another term. Loebsack easily won re-election to a fourth term last year.

Lofgren is vice chairman of the Iowa House Appropriations Committee. He said that this session of the Legislature, in which major property tax, education and health care legislation was approved, shows that state lawmakers can work to get things done, a position he contrasted with what's going on in Washington.

"In Iowa, we really do work well together," he said.

Iowa's 2nd District leans Democratic, but Lofgren said he intends to work hard.

"I've always felt like the person who works the hardest is the one who wins," he said.

Lofgren, who will turn 52 today, when he plans to make a formal announcement and tour parts of the district, is married and has four children. He has a finance degree from the University of Iowa, and he works in retirement investments and planning.